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She puts make-up on the dead: mortuary beautician who provides free services to Indonesian families says she ‘made an oath to God’ to help the poor

A mortuary make-up beautician based in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, who promotes her free services on social media has helped countless poorer families prepare their relatives for burial.

A mortuary make-up beautician based in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, who promotes her free services on social media has helped countless poorer families prepare their relatives for burial.

8 Mar 2021 - 12:19PM
Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande all wear Rinaldy Yunardi, Indonesian accessories designer with ‘the Midas touch’

From Lady Gaga to Nicki Minaj to Mariah Carey, the roster of famous names that have worn the fantastical creations of Indonesian accessories designer Rinaldy Yunardi is endless.

From Lady Gaga to Nicki Minaj to Mariah Carey, the roster of famous names that have worn the fantastical creations of Indonesian accessories designer Rinaldy Yunardi is endless.

30 Nov 2020 - 5:27AM
Plight of Chinese-Indonesians reflected in story of once-thriving bookstore now demolished, but fondly remembered

The Liong Bookstore in the Indonesian city of Semarang was once a busy hub for readers and published popular comics, but its Chinese-Indonesian owners sold up and fled to Brazil in the 1950s in fear of having it taken away from them.

The Liong Bookstore in the Indonesian city of Semarang was once a busy hub for readers and published popular comics, but its Chinese-Indonesian owners sold up and fled to Brazil in the 1950s in fear of having it taken away from them.

22 Sep 2020 - 12:22PM
Women abducted for marriage, and often raped, in Indonesia – it’s the custom, villagers say

On the island of Sumba in Indonesia, an ancient custom among noble families has been twisted to allow the widespread abduction of women for marriage. It is known as kawin tangkap, meaning catch-a-bride.

On the island of Sumba in Indonesia, an ancient custom among noble families has been twisted to allow the widespread abduction of women for marriage. It is known as kawin tangkap, meaning catch-a-bride.

20 Jul 2020 - 7:46AM
Ignoring medical advice, Indonesians throng ‘jamu’ herbal drink parlours, believing concoctions protect against coronavirus

Despite doctors’ warning, jamu, traditional Indonesian herbal drinks, are becoming increasingly popular after a surge of coronavirus cases in Indonesia, with many convinced they can avoid Covid-19 if they regularly drink the concoctions.

Despite doctors’ warning, jamu, traditional Indonesian herbal drinks, are becoming increasingly popular after a surge of coronavirus cases in Indonesia, with many convinced they can avoid Covid-19 if they regularly drink the concoctions.

27 Mar 2020 - 12:47PM